Star Trek: The Next Generation 1.24 (Conspiracy)
Ursaline Bryant(Capt. Tryla Scott)
Michael Berryman(Capt. Rixx)
Ray Reinhardt (Admiral Aaron)
Jonathan Farwell (Capt. Walker Keel)
Ward Costello (Admiral Quinn)
Henry Darrow(Admiral Savar)
Robert Schenkkan(Lt. Cmdr. Dexter Remmick)
The opening fifteen minutes or so of this episode are very good indeed. Without showing anything – just an illicit meeting between four Starship Captains on a rock in the middle of nowhere – you suddenly get a sense of the fact that something Big Deal is happening. The revelation a few minutes later that one of the ships that met up has since been destroyed is quite shocking. The Captain – Walker Keel – was an old friend of Picard and Crusher.
So they go back to Earth – another big deal, since this is the first time this series has visited the home of the Federation (we didn’t even go there in episode one). We meet up with Admiral Quinn from a few episodes ago – and he is clearly different.
The episode goes downhill from this point. There is a fight in which we see someone kicked through some room doors, which collapse. Surely that person should have been in great pain with broken bones rather than going through the door.
And the race that has taken people over is quite creepy – although the stop motion movement of the creature looks rather clunky in these days of CGI, although Remmicks death scene is good. (Incidentally, the BBC cut that actual moment from the episode because they considered it too violent for the time slot. Yet the clip in the final episode of season 2 which shows the moment again was overlooked).
It seems unlikely that such a race could get such a foothold in the Federation, so although there are some genuinely violent and scary moments, you can’t quite help feeling that it would never have happened. Also, the final scene of the episode suggests that there is more to come, which never happens in the run of this show or any of the sequels.
There is a lot of death in this story – the whole crew of the USS Horratio, Remmick, several admirals, yet none of the Enterprise crew die.
So, quite an interesting episode, but possibly a bit overrated by fans.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 4
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